Rural Programs

Overview

Rural After School Programs

The Rural Programs committee advances professional dialogue about the unique challenges, promising practices, and policy recommendations to improve conditions and access to rural after school programs.

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Childhood Obesity Prevention Strategies for Rural Communities Toolkit

Rural communities, due to special characteristics unique to the rural environment, are especially vulnerable to childhood obesity. To combat these high rates, Nemours has released “Childhood Obesity Prevention Strategies for Rural Communities”, a toolkit for childhood practitioners outlining specific strategies for promoting healthy, nutritional practices. Along with science-informed prevention strategies, this resource also features policy recommendations and an overview of the evaluation process. 

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Rural Committee: Defining Rural

The California AfterSchool Network’s Rural Committee is proud to announce the official working definition of “rural.” The CAN Rural Committee felt it was extremely important for the committee’s rural definition to be carefully crafted to help unite programs and to be a useful tool for the after school field in general.

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Am I Rural?

The Am I Rural? service can be used to help determine whether a specific location is considered rural based on various definitions of rural, including definitions that are used as eligibility criteria for federal programs.  The information provided by this service addresses only the rural aspect of a program’s requirements. Your “Am I Rural?” report is not a guarantee of your eligibility status. Please check with the program contacts directly to verify your eligibility for specific federal programs.

Publication

California ’s 2011 Rural After School Summit

On January 19, 2011, The California AfterSchool Network held its 2nd Rural Summit at the University of California Davis with over 80 participants in attendance. The purpose of the 2011 Rural Afterschool Summit was to educate and inform participants
on the unique rural perspectives of California program. It also highlighted the successes and challenges of rural after school programs, demonstrated the need for sustaining rural
programs, and provided an opportunity for participants to make recommendations to strengthen rural programs.

Resource

California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom

The California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom provides resources and lessons plans to increase an awareness and understanding of agriculture among California’s educators and students. Lessons plans are arranged by grade level and are aligned to content standards in Reading and Science.

Publication

Strengthening California’s Rural After School Programs

California’s public school students rank as the 10th largest absolute rural school enrollment in the U.S. More than half of the state’s rural students are minorities, and more than one in four are English Language Learners. 85.8% of rural students in California live in poverty. This is over 20% above the National average. Only four states in the nation have higher rural student poverty rates than California (MS, SC, AL, NM). Rural programs have unique successes and challenges.

Report

Helping Kids Succeed in Rural America

The updated issue brief provides more recent information on the current challenges and opportunities facing rural programs in addition to examples of programs that are successfully addressing the challenges of transportation, poverty, teen suicide, alcoholism and more.